Given the highly institutional nature of the space industry market
and the relatively small size of companies operating in the sector,
PROESPAÇO promotes a wide range of space-related activities,
bringing together the efforts of its individual members. It also
represents its members in negotiations with public bodies and, when
requested, in talks with major companies, when members’ interests
can be better defended by a common position.
António Neto da Silva
President of PROESPAÇO
PROESPAÇO was created in
2003 after Portugal joined the European Space Agency (ESA).
The Association unites the Portuguese space industry, defending
its interests through intensive dealings with the public administration,
the government and international organisations. It plays a
key role in defining Portugal’s national strategy for
the space industry and prepares the sector’s industrial
PROESPAÇO currently represents more than 95% of the business
contracted to the Portuguese space industry and is the only organisation
that represents their interests.
Production and service companies operating in the space sector,
namely in the areas relating to ESA, EUMETSAT, European Commission
Framework Programmes and NASA, are welcome to join the association.